President Jimmy Carter is inaugurated as the 39th President of the United States; pardons Vietnam War draft evaders in the same year.
Elvis Presley is found dead at his home in Graceland at the age of 42.
The bands the Sex Pistols, The Clash, Talking Heads and Motorhead release their debut albums. The bands the B-52's, Black Flag, INXS, Whitesnake, Def Leppard and X form.
Stevie Wonder wins the Album of the Year Grammy Award for Songs in the Key of Life.
The television shows "Three's Company," "Fantasy Island," "Eight is Enough," "CHiPs," "The Love Boat," "Soap" and "Lou Grant" debut.
ABC broadcasts the TV miniseries "Roots" -- setting ratings records.
Comedian Bill Murray becomes new cast member of "Saturday Night Live."
A private plane crash kills three band members of Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Celebrity deaths include Anaïs Nin, Freddie Prinze, Joan Crawford, Groucho Marx, Bing Crosby, and Charlie Chaplin.
The first Apple II computer debuts.
The New York City Blackout of 1977 lasts for 25 hours, resulting in mass looting.
United States Senate Hearing on CIA mind-control research program Project MKULTRA begins.
David Berkowitz, otherwise known as the serial killer the Son of Sam, is captured after one year of murders in New York City.
Cost of a movie ticket is $2.23, while gas is .62 a gallon. A first class stamp is .13.
New York Yankees win the World Series with help from Reggie Jackson who hits 3 home runs and earns the nickname "Mr. October."
Top-grossing films: Star Wars, Saturday Night Fever, Smokey and the Bandit, King Kong, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and A Star is Born.
Other films released: Annie Hall, Eraserhead, Oh, God! , Orca, Pete's Dragon, The Goodbye Girl, The Rescuers, The Spy Who Loved Me, Pumping Iron and Carrie.
Annie Hall wins Oscar for Best Picture, and Woody Allen wins for Best Director.
Atari develops the Game Brain -- the first Atari system to use cartridges. Cinematronics releases Space Wars, the first vector-graphics arcade game. Mattel releases Missile Attack, the first handheld LED display electronic game.
"Heroes" - David Bowie
"We Are the Champions" - Queen
"Watching the Detectives" - Elvis Costello
"Carry on My Wayward Son" - Kansas
"Go Your Own Way" - Fleetwood Mac
"God Save the Queen" - Sex Pistols
"Margaritaville" - Jimmy Buffett
"Nobody Does It Better" - Carly Simon
"Sheena Is A Punk Rocker" - The Ramones
"You Light Up My Life" - Debby Boone
"Dancing Queen" - ABBA